While I’ve been anxiously counting the minutes until Saturn leaves Libra, and my tenth house, I realized I may be Mars-transiting-Virgo impatient and not thinking about what Saturn in Scorpio will bring.
Saturn has a 29-year cycle so I don’t have to experience tenth house issues for another few decades. Whew!
If Saturn in Libra (with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn forming a T-square) brought partnership breakups, then Saturn in sexual, emotional Scorpio will bring highly-charged, long-and-drawn-out divorce proceedings.
Saturn enters Scorpio on October 6, 2012, about one month before the US general election.
Will there be a last-minute sexual scandal in the US election?
Sex and money
Scorpio rules sex, emotional connection, death, inheritance and taxes – fun stuff. Now you know why your Scorpio friends get a little intense sometimes.
Taurus, the opposite sign, rules money one makes. Scorpio rules other people’s money.
I find those with sun or moon in the eighth house (which is ruled by Scorpio) prefer not to be the breadwinner in the family.
To learn more about Saturn in Scorpio, I consulted my favorite astrologer –Liz Greene. In her book “Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil,” she says “the eighth house [and Scorpio] deals primarily with emotional exchange.”
“Here money becomes a symbol of emotional dependence or freedom, for in our society it buys freedom or bondage in marriage, and our sexual values are largely coloured by our finances. So often in the eighth house there exists the enactment of a struggle which appears purely material and which is really emotional in origin.”
“It is common to find the individual with afflicted planets here tied to a difficult financial situation following upon a broken marriage or chronic problems with partners who take advantage of him financially.”
Saturn in Scorpio
As Saturn transits Scorpio, we all will feel this energy in a part of our charts – and lives. Saturn is contraction so there will be contraction of money given to us, especially where there is emotional connection attached.
The last transit of Saturn through Scorpio was December 1982 to November 1985 (it went retrograde in Libra during that time).
At minimum, I’m speculating that lending will contract even more than it has today. And when someone gives you money, expect to provide a lot in return besides interest. Lenders will want to know more about you than ever – and not just your financial history.
The stock market crash of 1929 occurred during sun in Scorpio (October 28). Saturn was at the tail end of Sagittarius, moving into Capricorn (moved into Capricorn December 1929).
The stock market crash of October 1987, which occurred during sun in Libra (October 14) also had Saturn in Sagittarius. Saturn did not move into Capricorn until February 1988.
Sagittarius expansion was followed by Capricorn contraction. Saturn rules Capricorn and is the contraction squared.
It’s important to remember that Capricorn always follows Sagittarius. Astrology teaches that expansion is followed by contraction in an endless cycle. Possibly to remove the “crash” from the contraction, we must expand with some constraint.
Or maybe we shouldn’t. Maybe wild expansion is necessary to learn and grow and contraction says, “Good job with all those ideas. Now I’m tossing out the ones that aren’t realistic.”
I bring up Sagittarius and Capricorn because another planet – Pluto – has recently moved from Sagittarius to Capricorn (early 2008).
Our lessons on expansion and contraction are now way beyond Saturn and they will last for years. Saturn in Scorpio is just another two-year mini-message about a larger message as the world rebuilds its economies.
I believe the Saturn in Libra period broke up marriages and partnerships because those partnerships had underlying unfairness or were not truly balanced. Both sides were able to say, “This just isn’t working.”
Now Saturn in Scorpio will ask, “If I take your money (for work or whatever), what do I really owe you?”
The other side says, “If I lend you money or resources, I want more than a material payback. I want you to share my values and truly care about me.”
It’s going to be a tense time. I do imagine there will be more contraction of banking, lending and financial speculation. I really don’t like being an astrologer-naysayer so I want to emphasize that the energy doesn’t just visit us willy-nilly – it’s a pattern and the effects vary based on how we dealt with the energy patterns up to this point.
I personally believe the Pluto in Capricorn contraction hits Americans so hard because we didn’t save. Wild lending convinced us we didn’t need to. But other countries, such as some Asian countries, save much more and might weather a financial storm better.
A positive manifestation of Saturn in Scorpio is 100 percent emotional honesty about how, why and where we spend or accept money.
I think of the “think global, act local” movement as bringing awareness of what our purchasing behavior means to people all across the globe. Saying I’m going to spend my money supporting my local community is saying I understand that my money projects my values and so I’m not going to put money into businesses that don’t support those values.
Deciding not to buy a shirt because we believe it was made using unethical practices I see as a manifestation of Saturn in Scorpio.
Saturn contraction – why?
I’m learning now that my Saturn tenth house transit is almost over that some of my work issues were a result of not rising to a certain responsibility.
Saturn brings responsibility. Saturn’s contraction seems to remove what is unnecessary (but may be fun and interesting) to get us to focus on what truly matters.
Saturn in Scorpio will force responsibility in sexual activity, shared money and probably the government’s role in using our money.
Hopefully we’ll have some Saturnian contraction of taxes – like paying a smaller tax rate. That’s a Saturn contraction I could live with.